These past few days have been a whirlwind, both personally and politically. I have been so confused and sadden by the trajectory our president has set this country on; it’s one that I don’t agree with, and one I absolutely do not support. I typically stay pretty neutral about my personal views when it comes to the blog, but I wanted to share what I’m feeling today because I believe that’s the only way I can grow, and hopefully help others grow. For now I am focusing on the power of love.

     I know there is a lot of research for me to do to help me get a better grasp of how I can help those being affected during these trying times, and I believe that being vocal about my views is definitely the first step.

     With all of this madness going on I find myself diving deeper into my work. Not to escape reality, but in an attempt to foster feelings of joy. This joy is something that I want to share with everyone who visits this space. My husband and I have been long-time fans of the Greyhound—a classic cocktail made from vodka and grapefruit. When we were dating, John would bring over some of this fresh, bitter citrus and we would juice it into the most delicious of drinks. And since for this cocktail we wanted to explore the herbal notes of gin while reinterpreting the Greyhound, we decided to make a Gimlet with grapefruit in place of the customary lime. Lastly, we added a lovely rosemary simple syrup, which complements the tartness of the grapefruit and the already present botanical flavor of Hendrick’s gin. This drink is light and refreshing, and the striking blush color it gets from the grapefruit makes this an especially handsome cocktail.

     I hope that you enjoy this video and recipe, and perhaps you and your loved one can make this drink for each other on Valentine’s Day—I know John and I will!

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet

Inspired by David Lebovitz

Makes 1 drink

1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup- I made this one from David Lebovitz

2 oz gin of choice- I used Hendrick’s

Few cubes of ice, for the shaker

Rosemary for garnish

Equipment: jigger, cocktail shaker, 1x 6oz cocktail glass (I used a Nick & Nora glass)

Place the grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and gin into a cocktail shaker filled with a handful of ice. Secure the top and shake for about 20 seconds. Pour into glass and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.